Weston seconds secure another win
Weston seconds secured their second win of the season at home to Shapwick & Polden.
The second round of fixtures saw Weston 2nd XI host Shapwick and Polden seconds on a glorious day at Devonshire Road.
Weston won the toss and elected to bat and opening pair Jack Press (36) and Jon Lawrence (23) started quickly and set a solid foundation. Despite useful contributions from Matt Kearsey (21), Sam Goodhew (32) and Matt Blamire (26), the hosts were left to rely on the tail and 45 extras to carry them past 200 to score maximum batting points, eventually bowled out for 211.
Shapwick’s response started slowly with tight bowling from Tom Chambers (6-2-6-1) and Tom Court (7-2-11-0) building early pressure, backed up by some fielding that restricted Shapwick to 60-2 at drinks.
Only opening batsmen Spearing (80) looked likely to threaten the total set and when he was run out by Josh Knight, the result was never in doubt. James Holt (6-0-34-2), Kearsey (6.5-1-24-3) and Blamire (8-0-34-1) quickly mopped up the tail to give Weston their second win of the season, gaining maximum points.
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Forte Financial man of the match was Matt Kearsey.
Weston third team travelled to Temple Cloud looking to build on last week’s victory.
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The visitors won the toss and batted first on a wicket that looked full of runs. Openers Dom Mayo (33) and Max Brown (63) set up the innings well with an opening stand of 102, with Brown is particular playing some powerful shots in an aggressive knock.
A score of over 200 looked on the cards, but good bowling from the home side after the drinks break restricted Weston to 184-8 from their 40 overs, with only Arron Hawkins (42 not out) scoring at the required tempo.
In reply, Temple Cloud got a solid start from the openers, but Stu Roberts (8-2-21-2) removed them both in an excellent eight-over spell.
From this point, the game ebbed and flowed, with Weston being frustrated by a partnership worth 86 between Head (69) and Gale (38) for the fifth wicket. Despite the efforts of Georgia Tulip (8-3-27-2) and Tahmid Ahmed (7-0-36-3), the home team got home by two wickets in the last over.
The Forte Financial man of the match was Max Brown.
Weston 4th XI welcomed Broadway & Horton for their first home game of the season.
Broadway & Horton opted to bat first and opening bowlers Declan McNutly (8-1-16-02) and Mateuloh Abded (6-0-22-0) bowled well to restrict the top order batsmen. Kieran Tasker (5-1-19-0), Terry Horler (7-1-24-2) and Jamie Dance (6-0-38-1) helped restrict the away team to 156-5 from their 40 overs.
Weston were confident of chasing the total, but openers Pack and Dave Howes were back in the changing rooms without troubling the scorers.
Broadway & Horton continued to apply pressure and Fred Bemand (18), Abded (13) and Aaron Stone (12) were the only batsmen to make it to double figures as Weston were bowled out for 94 in the 31st over.
This week’s Forte Financial man of the match award went to Declan McNulty.